The Honourable Andrew Alturo Fahie
Premier of the British Virgin Islands
Andrew Alturo Fahie is a politician and a former Leader of the Opposition of the British Virgin Islands.
Early life and education
Andrew Alturo Fahie was born in 1970 to Ernest Alturo Fahie and Iris Dorene Romney. After graduating from the BVI High School in 1986, Fahie attended the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and then earned a BSc in Education from Florida A & M University, graduating in 1991.
After that he initially taught as a Maths teacher at Elmore Stoutt High School.
Fahie was first elected as the 1st District representative in 1999 at the age of 28, and he has held that seat continuously since then. He has previously served as Minister for Education and Culture from 2007 to 2011, and as Minister for Health, Education and Welfare from 2000 to 2003. Since first standing for election in 1999 he has dominated the voting in his 1st District - his smallest margin of victory has been 27.6% of the vote (2015).
In the 2015 general election only two members of the Virgin Islands Party won their seats - Julian Fraser and Fahie. Subsequently, Fraser and Fahie argued over who should be named as leader of the opposition, as Fraser believed that he should take over as the incumbent party leader following the general election defeat. Fahie disagreed as he believed the majority of party members would prefer him to take over as leader following the party's disastrous electoral defeat. As the Constitution required that the Leader of the Opposition commanded a support of the "majority" of the opposition members, and the only two opposition members disagreed, there was an impasse. Governor John Duncan gave the men a month to resolve their differences, but they were unable to do so, and eventually the Governor appointed Fraser as the official Leader of the Opposition. Fahie would later oust Fraser as party leader, and would then be appointed as Leader of the Opposition in his stead.
On 25 February 2019, Fahie led the Virgin Islands Party to victory in the general election, winning 8 of 13 elected seats in the Parliament. He was sworn in as Premier on 26 February 2019.
Fahie is married to wife Sheila Fahie (née Herbert-Forbes). Together they have had three children.